Jesus is the only way to heaven. By His humanity He touches this earth, and by His divinity He touches heaven. He is the ladder connecting earth and heaven (John 1:51). Because of His sacrificial life and death, a new and living way has been made possible for everyone (Heb. 10:20). Thus, salvation is offered to all through Christ’s life and death (Romans 5:10).
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Only through Jesus can the sinner be connected to God (Rom. 5:1–2). There is no other means of salvation (Acts 4:12). Therefore, prayers without Jesus’ name are meaningless.
Jesus told His disciples, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you” (John 16:23). Believers should come boldly in the name of Jesus for He is worthy to stand before the Father to minister on their behalf. “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God” (John 16:26, 27).
God the Father Himself loved men and offered His Son to redeem them (John 3:16). Christ’s intercession was not to overcome any reluctance on the part of the Father to hear the prayers of the saints for the Father Himself loved the world (v. 27) and was as willing to answer their prayers as was the Son. God the Father reconciled Himself to man, and it was His “will” (1 Timothy 2:4) that initiated the plan of salvation.
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